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The Aislers Set

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San Francisco, United States (1997 – present)

The Aislers Set is an indie pop band that formed in San Francisco in 1997 after the break up of chief songwriter Amy Linton’s former band Henry’s Dress. The Aislers Set’s music is heavily influenced by -style British indie pop.

Their first record, Terrible Things Happen was released in 1998 receiving glowing reviews in CMJ, The Big Takeover, and numerous indiepop zines, earning enough of a following to generate a tour of Japan in April 1999. Terrible Things Happen (as would the all of the Aislers Set music) was recorded in Linton’s tiny basement studio on an analog 8 track machine.

Spin.com named the band’s second album The Last Match to its Top 20 of 2000, saying, “Linton has cleared the cobwebs off the Pop conundrum and dolled them up in a perfect dress.” On Salon.com, Greil Marcus wrote, “They make dream pop feel as easy to make as a can of soup, and as dangerous: Watch that jagged edge.” High praise followed in the New York Times, NME, Gear, and Alternative Press, and the band set out on lengthy tours supporting acts such as Sleater Kinney and Bratmobile.

In the spring of 2001 the band set off on a three week tour of Europe which was highlighted by an invitation to record a session for legendary British DJ John Peel, they recorded 4 tracks for the show which was aired twice by Peel. He said of the band “If you were in one of your difficult moods you could argue that there are lots of bands making that kind of noise particularly in the United States of America. And you’d say well, why are Aislers Set better than any of the others and I’d have to say, well I don’t know they just sort of are…”

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